Corey Feldman Wants A Goonies Sequel In The Style Of Top Gun: Maverick

Hollywood is absolutely addicted to rebooting 1980s media. With the people who were children around that time now possessing enough money to pay exorbitantly for chances to relive their younger years, it's basically a cash-printing tactic. You can see this with movies like the 2014 "Robocop" or 2021's "Ghostbusters: Afterlife," although the movies' quality and financial success may vary.

One movie that seems ripe for the picking for Hollywood executives seeking a second swimming pool is 1985's "The Goonies." The story of a group of young boys searching for a pirate's treasure in order to save one of their houses from foreclosure, the movie has a place in the hearts of elder millennials everywhere.

While the more foolishly optimistic among us may want to see a reboot of the beloved movie, Corey Feldman, who played "Mouth" in the original, has no interest in seeing the film remade. At the Fanboy Knoxville convention, Feldman was asked his thoughts about a potential reboot, and he did not mince his words. "Let's hope not. Those remakes, they ruin everything."

Feldman has been consistent in his anti-reboot stance since 2015, where he spoke on them at Bonnaroo. "Remakes are the worst thing ever, it means Hollywood has lost all creativity. We need to explore the untapped, the undiscovered. They need to stop recycling great things and turning them into trash," he said at the festival's cinema tent.

While Feldman has no interest in "The Goonies" getting remade, he would entertain a sequel, based on the recent critical and commercial success of "Top Gun: Maverick."

A worthy successor

"Top Gun: Maverick" was a rarity among reboots in that it received near universal critical acclaim. It was a perfect spiritual successor to the 1986 original, perhaps even eclipsing its predecessor. 

According to Feldman at the Fanboy Knoxville convention, that's what "The Goonies" fans really want. "You mean a sequel? You don't want a remake, because that's what they did with 'Ghostbusters' with the girls. No, no, no. You want like a 'Top Gun' sequel, right? They did it right with 'Top Gun.'" Of course, one can't help but point out the irony of Feldman lamenting a lack of creativity where remakes are concerned, especially when the sequel he want to emulate is basically a remake of the original "Top Gun." But whatever. 

Despite Feldman's enthusiasm, the prospects of a true sequel to "The Goonies" seem bleak at this point, following the death of director Richard Donner. Feldman is well-aware of this, saying that Donner's passing "makes [a sequel with the original cast] a lot harder to happen."

There have been attempts at writing a script for the second "Goonies" movie previously, with "The Goldbergs" creator Adam F. Goldberg writing one for fun over the course of nine years. I can understand Feldman's point-of-view, however, that you might not want one done if the original director isn't involved. It's easy business to repackage childhood nostalgia and sell it back to people, but if these remakes aren't made with the proper love and care, they can seem more like shambling zombies than true revivals of those memories.